Every part of a large city has its own unique energy, its own neighborhood personality, and that's certainly true in Oklahoma City. From the entertainment vibe of Bricktown to the funkiness of the Plaza District or the character of the Paseo, the OKC metro has something for all tastes.
Midtown Oklahoma City, bordered by 4th street to the south and 13th to the north, is not one of the metro's largest neighborhoods but is certainly an interesting place to visit. While it is home to the large St. Anthony Hospital, it also features some of the metro's most historic structures, the OKC National Memorial and Museum, as well as great restaurants and shops.
There is no more important site to visit, not only in Midtown but in the entirety of Oklahoma City, than the National Memorial and Museum. With a stunningly emotional outdoor monument and memorial, it honors the memory of the 168 people lost on that tragic day of April 19, 1995. The museum is equally impactful, taking visitors on a tour through that horrific period in Oklahoma City's history with photos, video, audio, artifacts, interactive exhibits with survivor stories, and more.
Stroll Plaza Court
There are many historic buildings in the Midtown area but the Plaza Court building near the metro's first roundabout at 10th and Walker is considered by many to be the area's "social center." Built in 1927, the Plaza Court was the first shopping center in Oklahoma City outside the downtown area. The extensively renovated triangular building is home to restaurants and unique retail establishments.
Midtown possesses some of the metro's best restaurants in such a small area. In the Plaza Court building, there's McNellie's, one of the top pubs in OKC, as well Irma's which has one of the best hamburgers in town. Don't miss 1492 New World Latin Cuisine with both creative Latin dishes as well as familiar Tex-Mex fare, made-from-scratch farm-to-table dishes at Ludivine, upscale Italian at Stella or the unique treats of Waffle Champion where you can get old-fashioned counter service and unique waffle sandwiches.
See Historic Homes and Buildings
Historic homes and businesses are all around the Midtown area, from Heritage Hills and Mesta Park to the north to the downtown area south. But in Midtown itself, you're in for a real treat if you love historic architecture.
Church Row on Robinson has places of worship built in the early 1900s, and many of the cottages and bungalows near St. Anthony's hospital have been renovated. Also, check out Oklahoma City's first high school, Central High School. Located at N.W. 7th and Robinson, it was built in 1912 and is now owned by American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company.
Do Some Midtown Shopping
Retail shopping continues to increase in the Midtown area of Oklahoma City and the area is known for small local specialty shops. For example, North Walker offers a bridal shop/boutique and a fine art gallery. During the holiday season, don't miss Midtown's holiday pop-up shops. Rest after shopping at the popular James E. McNellie's Pub.
Have Fun at the H & 8th Night Market
An annual event held in May, the H & 8th Night Market is a fantastic and vibrant atmosphere with food trucks, live music and much more. As part of the Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, a fun weekend cycling event, H & 8th has a fun, family and pet-friendly environment and is the largest monthly food truck festival in the United States.
Visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Drive just a bit north to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. In the beautiful building around NW 14th and Classen, you'll find many excellent exhibits designed to "tell Oklahoma's story through its people."
The Chesapeake Oklahoma Theater at the Hall of Fame showcases public films and short subject videos, by or about Oklahomans.
DNA? Well if you look up between the buildings, you'll see something that resembles a DNA double helix. Fitzsimmons Architects repurposed an old spiral fire escape from the historic Marion Hotel into the new design of an outdoor courtyard. This so-called "Architectural DNA" staircase is suspended via cables that run between 123 Garage and the neighboring Buick building.